WAFL wraps up reg­u­lar sea­son

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

SOUTH Fre­man­tle are trav­el­ling very nicely as they en­ter the fi­nals cam­paign and had lit­tle more than a train­ing run against a dis­ap­point­ing East Fre­man­tle to reg­is­ter a mas­sive 113point vic­tory at East Fre­man­tle Oval on the week­end, 23.11 (149) to just 5.6 (36).

The loss ends coach Rob Wiley’s stint at the club and a very dis­ap­point­ing pe­riod for the Sharks, who promised much with an ag­gres­sive re­cruit­ment drive be­fore the sea­son but failed to keep their play­ers on the ground and de­liver.

The Bull­dogs were dom­i­nant from the out­set, de­spite miss­ing a num­ber of their key play­ers through in­jury, and en­ter the fi­nals in very good shape.

South’s mid­field were run­ning ram­pant and they had win­ners all over the ground, while only a few of the key Sharks stood up to the on­slaught.

A lead that had in­creased to 49 points at half­time blew out to 85 points by three-quar­ter time, with the Sharks hav­ing only kicked three goals.

Dy­lan Main and Ma­son Shaw both had a great day out with five goals each.

South go into their qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal against West Perth at Fre­man­tle Oval this week­end with form and con­fi­dence high. ■ SUBIACO achieved a rare feat by com­plet­ing the home and away sea­son un­de­feated on Satur­day with a thump­ing 72-point vic­tory over Perth, 17.10 (112) to 6.4 (40).

Subiaco now en­joy a week off as the other four sides in the fi­nals com­pete to chal­lenge the all-con­quer­ing Lions, who only need two more vic­to­ries to se­cure the premiership.

Subiaco were never chal­lenged in a game that saw them break away to a 21-point lead at quar­ter­time de­spite a slow start.

The Lions in­creased this to 39 points at the main break as they dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings through the fa­mil­iar av­enues of their pow­er­house mid­field of Kyal Hors­ley and Josh Deluca, while ruck­man Zac Clarke again con­trolled the tap-outs.

Ben Sokol had another ex­cel­lent day, fin­ish­ing with five goals for Subiaco.

■ CLAREMONT waited un­til af­ter the siren to con­firm they will host an elim­i­na­tion fi­nal next week­end against East Perth with a five-point win over Swan Dis­tricts on the week­end.

Trail­ing the Swans most of the day, Tigers cham­pion Jye Bolton man­aged a longdis­tance goal from a mark on the siren to clinch the vic­tory.

The 13.13 (91) to 13.8 (86) win ce­mented fourth spot ahead of the Roy­als, who would have jumped Claremont to host the fi­nal at Leed­erville if the Tigers had lost, due to su­pe­rior per­cent­age.

The game also saw the end of the ca­reer of Swans de­fender Kirk Ugle, who was chaired off and shown great re­spect by the Swans faith­ful.

Swans came out of the blocks early with three first-quar­ter goals to one, and ex­tended that lead by half-time to three goals.

Claremont came back at Swans in the third term to nar­row the gap to just six points at the fi­nal change and were able to throw ev­ery­thing at the Swans in the fi­nal quar­ter to get home in the end.

Tom Lee stepped up in the sec­ond half with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance in at­tack. Alex Manuel had a big day with five goals for the Tigers, while Bray­den Noble kicked a ca­reer-best four goals, all in the first half for Swans. ■ REIGN­ING pre­miers, Peel Thun­der were un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously dumped from fi­nals con­tention by AFL align­ment ri­vals East Perth with a solid 84-point vic­tory by the Roy­als at Bendigo Bank Sta­dium.

The 16.18 (114) to 4.6 (30) vic­tory placed the Roy­als in the five at the right time of the sea­son and they face Claremont at Claremont Oval on Sun­day.

Docker Danyle Pearce didn’t man­age a farewell game for the Dock­ers but tried hard for his WAFL side and is likely to re­tire now, com­plet­ing a suc­cess­ful AFL ca­reer of more than 250 games. ■ SUBIACO con­tin­ued their great form com­ing into the fi­nals and threw ev­ery­thing at league lead­ers East Fre­man­tle in the Mun­della WAWFL Grand Fi­nal but just couldn’t hold them out in a fran­tic last quar­ter to go down by just five points, the fi­nal score 6.5 (41) to 5.6 (36).

East Fre­man­tle kicked two goals for a 13-point lead at quar­ter-time.

A ter­rific sec­ond quar­ter saw six goals kicked for the term, with three goals apiece and a 12-point lead re­tained by the sea­son trend­set­ters, East Fre­man­tle.

Subiaco came back strongly in the third term and scores were level at the fi­nal change, with the scene set for a clas­sic fi­nal term.

The last quar­ter was an ab­so­lute arm wres­tle, and the Sharks scored the only goal of the quar­ter at the 13minute mark to snatch the lead and were able to hang on for the fi­nal siren.

The game was a fit­ting end to an out­stand­ing sea­son that has seen sig­nif­i­cant growth in the game and was a real ex­hi­bi­tion for a large and very en­gaged crowd at the grand fi­nal.

East Fre­man­tle had no an­swers against South in the derby.

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